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2011 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga: Contenders, Odds & Post Time

Saratoga horse racing returns on Saturday, August 6th, with the 2011 Whitney Handicap.  Bettors across the country will be looking to lay down wagers on this highly-anticipated Grade 1 horse race with a compelling field of contenders.  There’s talk that the winner of this race could achieve a “defining moment” in their horse racing career.  Last year’s winner, Blame, went on to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.  Let’s check out the complete list of horses, their jockeys and the latest Whitney Handicap odds for the Saratoga event.

The Whitney Handicap will feature horses ages 3 and older covering a 1 1/8 mile dirt track.  The race has been held at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York since 1928.  A purse of $750,000 is at stake in this latest Grade 1 horse racing event.

In the 2011 edition of the race there will be eleven horses competing.  The current Whitney Handicap odds favor Flat Out at 4-1, with Giant Oak second at 5-1 odds and a tie for third between  three other contenders.  Tizway, Mission Impazible and Apart all carry 6-1 odds on the horse race at Saratoga.

Here’s the latest 2011 Whitney Handicap field of contenders with  jockeys and their odds to win the race:

01) Flat Out (A. Solis) 4-1
02) Friend or Foe (A. Solis) 8-1
03) Morning Line (E. Castro) 10-1
04) Giant Oak (S. Bridgmohan) 5-1
05) Tizway (R. Maragh) 6-1
06) Mission Impazible (J. Castellano) 6-1
07) Rail Trip (R. Rominguez) 12-1
08) Headache (M. Mena) 20-1
09) Rodman  (J. Castellano) 20-1
10) Apart (J. Leparoux) 6-1
11) Duke of Mischief (J. Bravo) 8-1

Previous Whitney Handicap winners have included Blame in 2010, Bullsbay in 2009, Commentator in 2005 & 2008, Lawyer Ron in 2007, and Invasor in 2006.  Jockey John Velazquez has won the race three times since 2002, but won’t be competing this year.

As mentioned, Saturday’s race has a purse of $750,000 for the latest winner.  The 2011 Whitney Handicap Invitational takes place at Saratoga on Saturday evening.  Official post time as of this report is 5:45PM EST.


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